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Author:
Mark McDowell
Posted:
05.27.2008

It’s Easy Being Green

Buildings as old as 100 years now can attain coveted LEED certification, courtesy of the innovative LEED Existing Buildings (LEED-EB) program.  According to an article in the April, 2008, issue of Midwest Real Estate News, green design has become a given in commercial construction.  Now, the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) has extended the […]

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Author:
Tom Silva
Posted:
05.01.2008

Foreign Investors Like Luxury

You know what they say about polls.  Still, a recent one is an interesting temperature reading for the new economy.   Overseas investors in United States real estate prefer retail versus office or industrial space right now, according to an issue of Commercial Property News. This is just one conclusion in a survey that examined […]

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Author:
Tom Silva
Posted:
04.30.2008

Jacksonville Industrial Market Poised to Become the Nation’s 10th Largest

According to market research from Colliers Dickinson, Jacksonville’s industrial market is thriving, thanks to its first-rate transportation infrastructure — consisting of the JAXPORT deep-water port, an international airport, three railways, three interstates and several major highways.  Industrial vacancy rates are the lowest they’ve been in five years, rents and property values are soaring.  With the […]

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Author:
Tom Silva
Posted:
04.24.2008

Condos Big and Tall

According to the April 1, 2008, issue of Commercial Property News, there are five prime reasons why developers should continue building condominiums and apartments.  Why is this happening in the multi-family market considering the fast pace of single-family home foreclosures? Strong echo and baby boomer demand – 7 million echo boomers are starting their careers and […]

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Author:
Tom Silva
Posted:
04.23.2008

Study Break

On NAIOP member Jack Schultz’s list of Top 10 Development Trends for 2008, one really stands out. Following Kalamazoo, MI; Newton, IA; and El Dorado, AZ, have promised to pay for the college education of anyone who completes grade and high schools.  In light of of the economic flux that we are currently in, this seems like a […]

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Author:
Andy Swindler
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Branding the Candidates

As an avid follower of presidential politics since the age of six, this year’s protracted primary process has been interesting.  The talking heads’ endless dissection of every policy statement; speculation as to which of the all-powerful super-delegates will back whom; the endless round of debates; the questions of who made the best impression.  One of […]

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Author:
Tom Silva
Posted:
04.21.2008

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective CREs

The Spring 2008 issue of Development Magazine quotes Mark Gibson, Leader, Strategy and Operating Real Estate Advisory Services for Ernst & Young, on the seven skills that corporate real estate executives should bring to the table, listing them in order of importance: Project Management Strategic Planning Process Implementation Understand the Business Fortitude Real Estate Real […]

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Author:
Tom Silva
Posted:
04.10.2008

Fine Wine and Cultural Institutions

When you embark upon a construction project today, the process is one of tight controls, vigilant attention to detail, and a careful balance of cost, schedule, safety, and quality.  Industry professionals are highly skilled and often highly specialized.  It takes an integrated team effort including the owner, design professionals, construction professionals, and many other stakeholders […]

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Author:
Tom Silva
Posted:
04.09.2008

Corporate Then and Now

I recently hosted a panel at DePaul University in Chicago on the history of corporate real estate, which highlighted the sector’s emergence from an embedded functionary to a stand-alone department with direct reporting to the CFO.  Unlike today’s more integrated version, the blueprint for corporations throughout the 60s, 70s and 80s was the holding company corporate model, featuring […]

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Author:
Tom Silva
Posted:
04.07.2008

Titanic Healthcare

The February, 2008 issue of Healthcare Real Estate Insights reported on the Titanic of MOB transactions – the acquisition of 28 medical office buildings (MOBs) by Nationwide Health Properties, a healthcare REIT based in Newport, CA. The deal, worth $915 million, included a portfolio of existing and future MOBs totaling 2 million SF. There is […]

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